Skateboarding star charged with vehicular homicide in deadly Vashon Is. crash
SEATTLE - Vehicular homicide and assault charges have been filed against a well-known professional skateboarder who crashed a car and killed a passenger while allegedly driving drunk and speeding last summer on Vashon Island, court documents reveal.
The skateboarder, Cory J. Kennedy, 27, was charged in King County Superior Court months after the Aug. 30, 2017, crash that killed 45-year-old Preston Maigetter, a well-respected skateboarding videographer.
Another passenger in the car, 26-year-old Allan Wade, was injured in the crash and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Kennedy himself was uninjured.
According to court documents, the crash happened at about 10 p.m. as Kennedy was driving Maigetter to his home on Vashon Island after they had all gone bowling in West Seattle.
Kennedy was driving at highway speed as he approached a curve on an island road where the speed limit is 15 mph, court files say. The car slid off the road, over a gravel area and slammed into two large trees. The car hit the first tree broadside on the front passenger door where Maigetter was sitting, killing him instantly and injuring Wade, court documents show.
Police arrived on scene and found several empty cans of beer in the back seat of the car, according to the case file.
Kennedy told police he only had one drink hours earlier, but a portable breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of more than .10, which is higher than the legal limit of .08 and inconsistent with only one drink hours before the crash. Tests also showed Kennedy had past signs of marijuana consumption, the court file says.
Kennedy did admit he had been speeding, court records show.
According to court documents, Kennedy was released from jail on his own recognizance after the crash. He has local ties and was staying with friends on Vashon Island at the time of the crash, but now reportedly lives in Southern California. Kennedy has appeared in many skateboarding videos, had several sponsors and is known for tricky skateboarding moves.
He has been ordered to appear at a King County Superior Court hearing on Feb. 14 for his arraignment.